Advance Praise for “Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World”
Much has been written about the outward aspects of urgently needed environmental restoration but not enough on the worldview shift and deep inner healing necessary for any lasting change. Scott Brown’s new book, Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World provides inspiring and useful guidance in this area. In clear, readable prose he helps us understand both the outer and inner context of our collective situation and walks us through the practical, psychological and spiritual steps towards true, enduring restoration.
– Linda Buzzell
M.A., LMFT, psychotherapist, ecotherapist, and co-editor, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
Scott Brown has given us a comprehensive manual for restoring and consciously maintaining our relationship with all that is. To be touched by its beautiful narrative and commit to the discerning practices offered in its pages is to invite heart-‐opening epiphanies that dissolve all illusions of disconnection and enfold the soul in a visceral experience of Interbeing. Active Peace takes us far beyond restorative justice or restorative activism into a restorative way of life. This book is clearly hazardous to our willingness to settle for separation.
– Carolyn Baker
Ph.D., author of Love In The Age of Ecological Apocalypse: Cultivating The Relationships We Need To Thrive and Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths For Turbulent Times
Too many of us committed to social and environmental justice burn out and become susceptible to toxic emotions such as despair and futility. Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World responds with a deep exploration of sources for personal growth and resilience. The book offers strong foundations for creating healthy communities and, ultimately, magnificent movements. It is rich in purposeful, humane scholarship and very practical suggestions. ‘Top shelf’ reading for the life-long activist.
– Charlie Cray
activist and coauthor of The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy
Active Peace is a wise, uplifting, and heart opening book about relationship to self, others, nature and the world. Scott Brown masterfully presents profound concepts and transformative exercises in a direct, accessible way. His personal and universal stories add warmth and depth. This is a keeper to read, re-read, and apply to our lives!
– Shelley Tanenbaum
Psy.D Clinical Psychologist and creator of Intuitive Life Movement®
Scott Brown has written a beautiful and truth seeking book which skillfully weaves together spirituality, restorative justice, ecopsychology and activism. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a new and inspiring model for the necessary union of inner life and outer service to the world. This is the path to our sanity and salvation.
– Jed Swift
M.A., Former Co-Director of the Naropa University Ecopsychology Graduate Program
Active Peace inspires us all to create a life-affirming society and educates us as to why this is essential for the flourishing of all life.
– Lori Pye
Ph.D, President, Viridis Graduate Institute
Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World makes it clear that while transformation is, ultimately, an inside job, the inner is not separate from the outer; in fact, nothing is separate and our survival depends on our full and passionate embrace of this truth. This important book helps us move in that direction in a grounded and resilient way—fully connected to earth, Spirit, ourselves, and other beings. Scott Brown has walked the path and offers wise guidance that will benefit many people and the evolution of humanity and consciousness itself. I welcome and celebrate this book!
– Steve Farrell
Worldwide Coordinating Director, Humanity’s Team
One of Scott Brown’s strengths is his voice. His voice is very inviting—honest and down to earth. Those who read his book will feel hope rather than despair. If reading a book is a relationship, Scott is a likable author who I trust and want to journey with.
– James Churches
award-winning author of the satire novel, Pirates of the Potomac, memoirist and biographer